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Direct Vision view finder Cameras

With direct vision cameras the viewing is through a window adjacent to the taking lens and is not coupled to the focus of the camera lens. The vision of the subject is bright, clear and while is not interrupted when the photograph is taken as happens in a SLR it does not provide the exact framing of what will be recorded on the film.

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The simplest form of this viewing system was a double metal frame that the photographer viewed through. Often this was folded down for when the camera was not in use. Some artists still use these amateur or toy cameras today because of the unique aesthetic they produce.

While this type of viewing system is often associated with low quality, cheap cameras where there is no focus control or a dial that is simply set to a estimated distance, it is also used on more expensive makes which have a coupled range finder that allows the camera to be focused accurately. Because the viewing is not through the lens that transmits the image back to the film there can be problems accurately aligning the image when shooting very close up termed parallax error.


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Many compact digital camera also have optical direct view finders.




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